Planning Ethics - Dealing With Problem Boards and Board Members

APA Connecticut Chapter


Sunday, January 1, 2017, midnight
Sunday, December 31, 2017, midnight CST

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Have you ever faced a situation where a board member—or the entire board—goes rogue, veering into unethical or even illegal territory?  As an AICP member, what is your role and what are your responsibilities when this occurs?  We will explore these issues through three video scenarios, discussion among a panel of experts, audience participation through interactive polling, and an opportunity to pose your own questions to the panel.

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Kristin Kassner

Confirmed Speaker

Kristin E. Kassner, AICP - Kristin is currently the President of the APA-MA Chapter and Planning Director for the Town of Burlington. She has over 13 years of local government experience, including broad based responsibilities Long Range & Master Planning, Coalition & Consensus Building, Economic Development and Development & Permitting. Prior to becoming President, Kristin was involved in APA-MA for many years as, the first APA-MA Young Planners Group Chair, Secretary and Professional Development Officer. She helps to coordinate the APA-MA annual American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Exam Prep and teaches Citizen Planning Training Collaborative Workshops. She has a B.A. in Urban Planning and Geography from Miami University (OH) and an M.A in Urban Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.

Nancy Letendre

Confirmed Speaker

Nancy E. Letendre, Esq., AICP, is an attorney with the Cranston, Rhode Island firm McGunagle Hentz, PC, and a consultant with Mason & Associates, Inc. an environmental and planning firm based in North Scituate, Rhode Island. Ms. Letendre’s practice combines the skills of an experienced land use attorney with those of a professional planner. She has over 18 years of experience as an attorney focusing on municipal land use law and has been an AICP certified planner since 2007. She has experience in all aspects of the land development, subdivision and zoning approval processes with particular interest in planning for housing and historical and cultural resource preservation. Nancy has been extensively involved with state land use policy including the land use review and comprehensive planning processes and affordable housing. A planning educator – Nancy has worked with Grow Smart Rhode Island on the development and presentation of land use training programs since 2000. Nancy Letendre is the Immediate Past President of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Planning Association, and a member of the APA Law and Planning Division.

Robert Mitchell

Confirmed Speaker

Robert P. Mitchell, FAICP is the Principal of his planning consulting business in Boston MA and a Fellow of AICP. Planning. With over 30 years experience at the state, regional and local governments and non-profit organizations, he specializes in land use issues; comprehensive & strategic planning; innovative zoning tools and techniques; and sustainable development. Additionally he provides training programs to public officials and professionals on land use, strategic planning, ethics, and meeting management topics. He was the Planning Director in Amherst MA for 19 years and previously the Planning Director in Burlington VT and Amherst MA He was the former Special Assistant for Sustainable Development for the State of Massachusetts. In addition he was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Massachusetts Department of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning for 20 years. He was a Council member on the Boston region Metropolitan Area Planning Council for 12 years. He is co-author of the Guidebook to Massachusetts Land Planning & Zoning. In his work he has led planning teams in creating award winning work on strategic plans, a Smart Growth and Smart Energy tool kit, a Comprehensive Regional Land Use and Economic Development Plan, creation of innovate zoning codes, and was co-creator of the Massachusetts Citizen Planner Training Collaborative a statewide training organization for planners and planning officials. He has been trainer for CPTC for 20+ years. He has been a speaker at more than 200 conferences, workshops, public meetings and webinars on a wide variety of topics, including ethics, zoning, successful meetings, planning topics, roles and responsibilities of planning commissions and zoning boards of appeals, development review processes and more. He is a past AICP Commissioner from Region I and Past President of the Massachusetts Chapter of APA. He is the Chair of the Sustainable Development Committee of the APA-MA Chapter. He has received the Distinguished Service Award from the APA-MA Chapter three times; the Outstanding Professional Planner award from the Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors; the Charles Downe Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to the Planning Profession; and the Distinguished alumni Award from the University of Massachusetts Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning.